The guided tour of Vienna's Spanish Riding School takes you into the impressive tack room.
Some 70 Lipizzaner horses live in the stable and each has his own Baroque dressage saddle.
The Spanish Riding School has 170-175 riders.
It takes years of training and they start anywhere between the ages of 16 to 25.
In recent years a small number of horsewomen have been admitted to what was always an all-male academy.
Stirrups are fastened up behind the saddle.
Riders need strong legs because some of the riding and the airs above the ground are done without stirrups.
Above each bridle is the stallion's name.
For more information and links about this wonderful place in wonderful Vienna please see my previous posts.
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